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Mrs. Nash from Pittsburg CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Calm Down Space for Little Learners

My students need a safe place to calm down from strong emotions.

  • $315 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a school counselor to an elementary school in a low income neighborhood, I have come very familiar with the everyday struggles that our students face. As a culturally diverse school and more than half of the students qualifying for free/reduced lunch, school is certainly not taken for granted. While I cannot change the environment in which the students call home, I strive to provide all the resources and tools for our students at school in order to help them achieve both academically and socially. In order to be successful in schools, these kids deserve a safe and inviting space to address academic barriers through a focus on social and emotional learning.

All children deserve equitable access to counseling services focused on academic success and social-emotional development.

In the bay area, elementary school counselors are growing due to the need that every student needs an advocate, supporter, and believer. Our students are young, bright and determined. Despite the apparent achievement gaps and economic status of our families, our students are determined to grow and positively impact our world.

My Project

Students need a safe place to come and calm down from strong emotions. At this age, kids are learning everyday how to regulate and manage their emotions and having a specific place where kids can come to do that is invaluable.

Teaching kids to calm down in a healthy way will have lifelong benefits.

With the different sensory fidgets, noise-cancelling headphones, and comfy seating area, kids will be able to self-regulate their emotions. By setting a timer, kids can then take the designated amount of time to breathe, listen to calming music, and ultimately then return back to the classroom. Whether it's thirty minutes, or just five, every little moment is important for these students to feel in-control.

We can't expect kids to learn when their emotions are all over the place. They need to gain a sense of self-control over their bodies and minds. This area of my room will allow students to stop and think, handle their emotions, and be mindful.

Mrs. Nash
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Joe Milano Bean Bag Chair, Sapphire • Amazon Business $33.88 1 $33.88
My Moods, My Choices (TM) Flipbook for Kids | 20 Different Moods/Emotions | Help Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices | Great for all Kids including those with Autism and ADHD (Small) • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
Bluetooth Headset, AGPTEK Foldable Over Ear Wireless Headphones Hands-free Calling with CD Quality Talking/playing HD Sound for Smartphone, Tablet, PC • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
The Miracle TimeCube Timer, 5, 10, 20 and 30 Minutes, for Time Management, Kitchen Timer, Kids Timer, Workout Timer, Purple • Amazon Business $15.69 1 $15.69
Set of 3! Tangle Jr. Original Fidget Toy • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
CD MUSIC FOR CHILDREN VOL 2 RELAX DAYDREAM AND DRAW • School Specialty $12.28 1 $12.28
LynnWang Design 12 Inch Emoji Round Cushion Pillow, Emoticon Plush Decorative Pillows (Sleeping) • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
5 PACK Multiple Resistance Therapy Exercise Gel Squeeze Balls for Hand Finger Wrist Muscles Arthritis Grip Exerciser Strengthening • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Todd Parr Feelings Flash Cards • Amazon Business $11.21 1 $11.21
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $10.85 1 $10.85
Fidget Toy - Liquid Motion Dual Color Bubble Timer Toy for Sensory Play, Zig Zag Motion, Calming Toy, Sensory Visual Relaxation Toy, ADHD Timer; 1 Pc Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
Learning Resources Conversation Cubes • Amazon Business $8.80 1 $8.80
SCRIBBLEDO Dry Erase Lap Board 9"X12" | Interactive Learning Whiteboard | For Student and Classroom Use, Drawing Board (Single Sided) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Rainbow Color Mix Sensory Toys Water Gel Pearls Mini Balls Beads for Children, Home Decoration (8 oz Bag, Makes 6 Gallons) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Dew Drops Water Beads - Soothing Colors - A Calming Sensory Experience • Amazon Business $6.90 1 $6.90
The Best You: Calm Down (Time for Kids Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
EXPO 80653 Low-Odor Dry Erase Set, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 6-Piece • Amazon Business $5.42 1 $5.42
Crazy Aaron's Neon Flash Two-Inch Thinking Putty • Amazon Business $4.68 1 $4.68
Carson Dellosa Emotions Chart (114055) • Amazon Business $2.99 1 $2.99

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